Name: Andrew Gray.
Position: Tight end.
High school: Chardon (Ohio) High School.
Height, weight: 6 feet 3, 203 pounds.
Rank: Three stars (247sports and ESPN.com).
>>The first Maryland commitment from Ohio since 2007, per Testudo Times, Gray pledged to Maryland last June and brings to College Park what his head coach affectionately called a “nasty disposition.”
“He’s that kind of kid,” Coach Mitch Hewitt said. “I think Maryland got a steal. I think they got a great competitor.”
>> Chardon runs the wing-T on offense and averages less than 10 passes per game, so Gray’s strength is blocking, but Hewitt said the tight end has solid hands and can catch passes at the college level if necessary.
“Believe it, it’s not that we don’t want to throw the ball, we just do what we’re best at,” Hewitt said by telephone after Gray committed. “We know Andrew has ability. Is he going to be more available in our passing game? Sure. But is his first task to beat the snot out of people and set the tone on the perimeter? Absolutely.”
>> Chances are, if Gray impresses the coaching staff with his work ethic, he could be an immediate asset in the blocking game. With senior Dave Stinebaugh graduating, the Terps are left with a bevy of inexperience at the position. Rising sophomore Andrew Isaacs, who played sparingly on special teams and as a blocker this season, would project to be the starter, though walk-ons like P.J. Gallo and Brian McMahon are also around.